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Beauty Vs Practicality

By SYF77 on 09 Jul 2011

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In this blog entry, I would like to discuss the popular use of body-coloured plastic for the external car body parts, especially the bumpers. I recalled that back in 1989, my dad bought a metallic blue Toyota Corolla. Folks in my generation would recall that it comes with a matt black front and rear bumpers, at a time when more and more cars come equipped with body-coloured ones. As a little boy, I would tell him, “Dad, the car’s bumpers are freaking ugly”. His reply was, “Bumpers are meant for adsorbing shocks, not for decorative purpose!” .As an adult now, I can appreciate what he says.

Our family used to own an FD Civic. The low profile of the car means that the front bumper is close to the ground. In a carpark where the kerb is high, the bottom of the bumper would scrape the kerb, exposing the black base of the body-coloured bumpe, not to mention the unsightly scratch marks. I believe many FD Civic owners could share my pain. From this experience, I realized that body-coloured bumpers are not so practical after all, although they make the car look uniform in colour at the showroom.

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High Kerb

Perhaps designers are realizing the problem with body-coloured plastic parts and in recent years, there have been an increase in the use of black plastic parts, especially in locations close to the ground. A case in point is the all new 2011 Ford Focus.

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From the above illustrations, we can see that even the side of the undercarriage comes fitted with black plastics. The driver need not be worried about ugly scratch marks should he carelessly mount the kerb when negotiating a bend in a carpark. Going forward, I hope that more cars would adopt the subtle but practical design cues of the Focus.Attached Image: bdfb.jpg

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Mit81 Jul 09 2011 05:32 PM
another idea won't be reduce the height of the kerks, kerks in uk r not that high here.
Nightsky Jul 09 2011 05:43 PM
"The driver need not be worried about ugly scratch marks should he carelessly mount the kerb when negotiating a bend in a carpark."

A better solution would just simply be... a better driver.
Ilmw Jul 10 2011 11:10 PM
My FD Civic, designed in 2005, already has a rubber strip that runs the length of the front bumper....

Kerbs, high or low, doesn't really matter - it's the angle where the road meets the kerb.
Mustank Jul 11 2011 09:28 AM
angry.gif For too long, kerbs had brought pain and suffering to car owners. angry.gif

pirate.gif But not anymore! Now's the time to force kerbs to kneel before car owners! pirate.gif

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